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George Russell

Russell on Hamilton battle: If it was anyone else I'd have run them off the road

Despite causing him to drop from second to fourth on Lap 1 in Mexico, George Russell has no complaints about Lewis Hamilton's robust driving.

Verstappen Hamilton Russell Mexico
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George Russell says he harbours no ill will towards Lewis Hamilton after the seven-time World Champion pushed the younger Mercedes driver wide on Lap 1 in Mexico.

Russell started the Mexico City Grand Prix second on the grid, but got pushed wide and out of position by Hamilton at Turn 3, with Sergio Perez also taking advantage of the situation to pass Russell for third.

The trio would finish in those positions by the chequered flag, with Max Verstappen taking the win, but Russell denied there were any hard feelings after Hamilton’s robust overtaking move had caused him to lose two places.

"I think the last probably four races for me have been pretty scrappy and going into Turn 1, I knew I wouldn’t have been able to overtake Max on the outside," Russell told Sky Sports F1.

"And then when I had Lewis there, probably if it was anyone else but my teammate, I would have just run them off the road."

Russell: Mercedes had the fastest car

With Ferrari unusually out of sorts all weekend long in Mexico, it was Mercedes who provided the main threat to Verstappen and Red Bull, and Russell talked up the Silver Arrows' competitiveness.

"We've shown between these two race weekends quite a fluctuation in performance. [Last weekend] in Austin, we were a step behind," said Russell.

"I felt like we probably had the fastest car this weekend, and had we been on the same strategy as Red Bull, we probably could have fought with them."

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